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Health & Home Comfort

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

Brown County is a wonderful place to call home, especially in the spring and summer months! However, it is important to be aware of the allergens and contaminants found in the air this time of year. We’ve outlined some opportunities to improve your indoor air quality, specifically in the greater Green Bay area.

Clean Air Filters Are Important.

First and foremost, when it comes to your home’s heating and cooling system, it is just as important to change the air filters in your furnace and air conditioner as it is to change your car’s oil.

Checking or changing your furnace and a/c air filter monthly is the simplest and most important aspect to maintaining your home HVAC system’s energy-efficiency.

Homeowners beware: neglecting to change your home’s air filters will likely shorten the lifespan of your system, as well as lead to costly repairs in the future.

Besides making sure you have a clear air filter, there are tasks that can help remove allergens and contaminants from your home. Robinson Heating & Cooling can provide these services. We especially recommend them to homeowners or families with health issues.

Don’t Ignore Your Ductwork.

Paying attention to ductwork is important. If it’s not designed or installed to match the a/c and furnace size in the home, it can lead to costly repairs! If left unchecked, ductwork can become dirty and harmful. Luckily, the team at Robinson Heating & Cooling are ductwork experts.

Ventilating your home provides circulation of air throughout your home. Improper ventilation can be unhealthy and can cause damage to your home. In situations where we encounter improper ducting, we often find that a new HVAC system was installed and no one took the necessary measures to ensure the home’s ductwork was the correct size for the new system. At Robinson Heating & Cooling we are HVAC, ductwork, and airflow experts. We will be sure that your system and your ductwork work together harmoniously.

Whole Home Humidification and Dehumidification.

Whole Home Humidification.

Lack of humidity in your home can be a problem. In some cases, very dry air can affect your health and damage homes and property. Robinson offers whole home humidification solutions that are beneficial and convenient. Some whole home humidifiers can even be controlled by Wi-Fi thermostat. Consider what it would be like to dial in the perfect humidification level in your home! It could add an unprecedented level of comfort.

Whole Home Dehumidification.

Just as lack of humidity can affect health and comfort, so can too much humidity. Whole-home dehumidification components on an HVAC system can be beneficial, both for comfort and property. Protecting the home against too much moisture is a primary concern for homeowners in our community.

Many Wisconsin residents rely on portable humidity control or even ignore health and humidity issues all together due to lack of convenience. Instead, you can be comfortable in any room in the home with whole home air quality improvement. We have options available for every budget.

Call Robinson Heating & Cooling today to discuss whole-home humidification and dehumidification systems. We’re able to replace outdated systems and install modern, energy-efficient equipment.

Other Ways to Remove or Reduce Allergens.

A healthy home is a happy home. Another way you can greatly reduce harmful allergens, dander, and dust mites in your home is with advanced filters or high-tech methods such as ultraviolet (UV) air purification. Give us a call and we will recommend which products will work best for you and your home.

Robinson Heating & Cooling has many products and options to improve the air inside your home. We can help you and your family stay healthy, protect your home, and enhance comfort in your homes during Wisconsin seasons. Call Robinson Heating & Cooling today and improve your home’s comfort and value!

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Awkward and Overworked: The Story of the Dinosaur Furnace

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

We see them every winter, true legends of Brown County, dinosaur furnaces. Aggressive energy hogs with large footprints dwelling in the dark cool caves all around us. There are many dinosaur furnaces in Green Bay, De Pere, and throughout the area. Not until we rid the streets of these dinosaurs will energy efficiency and money savings have room to grow.

Most modern furnaces fall into three categories:

Standard Efficiency
55% – 70% AFUE rating
Functional and economical
Energy efficient pilot light

Medium Efficiency
80% – 83% AFUE rating
Energy efficient motors
Variable speed motors
High Efficiency
93% – 98.5% AFUE rating
Safer, two vent pipe system
Variable speed motors

And then there are…
Dinosaur Furnaces
55% – 70% AFUE rating
Continuous pilot light
Heavy duty heat exchanger

They’ve Paid For Themselves Already

25 years of service life is not uncommon from a properly maintained furnace. Green Bay produces very rough winters and these units are run hard. Dinosaur furnaces have paid their dues, been ran through their paces, and often times given it all. It may be time for a furnace replacement.

This is a dinosaur furnace that, while it still runs, is inefficient and old. Below is an example of a new furnace and air conditioner that can help you save energy on your energy bill.

Energy Efficient Upgrades and Furnace Rebates:

Regional, state, and federal rebates are available for homeowners looking to replace their furnace. At Robinson, we work together with HVAC manufacturers to be sure that our customers get the most for their hard-earned dollar.

Our team is also aware of various government rebates and incentives and will help you get the most bang for your buck no matter what system you choose.
Though built tough and strong, it’s time to retire these furnaces. It’s time to embrace the cost savings, energy efficiency, and true convenience of today’s furnaces and air conditioning systems.

Robinson Heating and Cooling has ample experience replacing, maintaining, and repairing the dinosaur furnaces of Brown County. At the call of our customers we will continue to put our honest natured, experienced, and kind service technicians to work for you. In some cases, we’ve nearly rebuilt furnaces from the ground up over time. Another option, however, is to replace old furnaces. Today’s furnaces are state of the art and truly valuable machines no matter what price point you choose.

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Quieter Furnace

Homeowners’ Guide to a Quieter Furnace

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

Old furnaces like the one above are more likely to be noisier and more prone to failures

Wisconsin’s climate forces homeowners to test the limits of a furnace. Furnace wear and tear from heavy usage is a main reason why a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system may be too loud. Use this guide to help find what can be done to reduce furnace noise. We also cover a few considerations for replacing your home’s furnace with a quieter model.

Furnace Replacement: Choosing a Quieter Furnace.

A furnace will likely last 15+ years. Like anything else, the furnace will last longer if preventative maintenance is performed regularly. When replacing your furnace, there are a few options to consider if quietness is a priority.

Two-Stage Furnaces:

Two-stage (aka multi speed or variable speed) furnaces offer a distinct advantage for noise reduction. These furnaces have two speeds to meet the demands for heating the home. Multi-speed furnaces have the equivalent to a low and high setting with the low speed being much quieter.

Sealed Combustion Furnaces:

Combustion inside a furnace can be noisy. To keep the noise down, some manufacturers offer a sealed combustion option for noise reduction. Sealed combustion furnaces do a great job to lower the noise level when the furnace is running.

Type of Burner:

If quietness is important, consider the furnace burner type. In-shot burners, for example, sound somewhat like a jet-engine when the furnace is on. Fine for a basement or insulated utility closet, but not next to the bedroom.

Ductwork could be causing your noise problems.

Furnace Repair: Loud Furnace Noises Can be Dangerous.

For your safety, the safety of your property and of your family, be sure to have any uncommon noises coming from the furnace professionally inspected. The piece of mind will be well worth the cost of a diagnostic. And remember, if you hear a metal-on-metal or screeching sound, have the furnace repaired immediately!

HVAC Ductwork: Your Home’s Ductwork May be the Culprit.

There is absolutely no substitute for having the correct size furnace in your home. At Robinson Heating and Cooling, we go to great lengths to ensure that our furnace replacement is an exact match for your home. Many times, the noise from your HVAC system is caused by too much air being forced through the duct work.

It’s a reasonable assumption that the furnace and ductwork in your home were designed to work together. If a new furnace forces more air than the original ductwork was designed to receive, the result can be an overbearingly loud sound. Noise also may come from ductwork that needs attention. Robinson Heating and Cooling can remedy both of these situations.

Choosing the right furnace for your home could help you rest easy at night!

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

You Can Count on Robinson

When Quality Counts, Count on Robinson Heating and Cooling

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

Our business is built around customer service, reliability, and integrity. At Robinson, we are proud to serve some of the country’s hardest working men and women with our fair pricing and honest value.

We at Robinson Heating and Cooling guarantee that you will be satisfied with our service or we will make it right.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Robinson Heating and Cooling is committed to providing the highest level of service and installation in the Green Bay area. We want your service experience to be one of the best service experiences you have ever had. That’s why we offer you the Robinson Rest EZ™ 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

12-Month Product Installation Guarantee:

If you are not completely satisfied with your installation (IE furnace replacement or air conditioner installation), we will promptly work to address the concern. We will work to correct issues regarding material or workmanship until you are completely satisfied. The concern we will address must be in regards to the specific installation we were contacted about originally.

12-Month Service Work Guarantee:

If you are not completely satisfied with our service work (IE air conditioner repair or furnace repair), we will promptly address the trouble area. We will work to correct the issues regarding the service work and make sure that you are completely satisfied. Once again, the concern we will address must be in regards to the specific service we were contacted about originally.

Our team after a Heat U.P. Wisconsin event (left and right) and the recipient of the furnace (center).

Active in the Community.

At Robinson, we support local causes, schools, and sporting events. We also participate in the Heat U.P Wisconsin. Initiative. Our heating and cooling replacement technicians go to the home of a deserving candidate in our community and donate time and expertise to install a furnace at the home! It’s our way of saying “thank you.”

Participation in community events is important to our team. If you see our booth, come say hello!

Honesty, Reliability, and Integrity.

Robinson Heating and Cooling continues to actively support the hard-working individuals in and around Green Bay Wisconsin. Our employees are as honest and dependable as they come. We continue on with the same core principles that have kept us in business since 1975. Our business is built on honesty, reliability and integrity. You can bet that we’ll stand behind our work 100%.

Our technicians are well trained and experienced.

Quality Counts!

Central heating and cooling systems are truly intricate machines. Robinson Heating and Cooling’s technicians are well-trained and tenured. We’re a reliable and honest bunch of professionals who are passionate about our work. We’ll help you determine what you do and don’t need and we’ll make sure that your family is taken care of. When it comes to character and craftsmanship, quality counts!

Wi-Fi Thermostats Provide Convenience and Cost Savings

Wi-Fi Thermostats Provide Convenience and Cost Savings

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

Smart thermostats offer many benefits but their cost savings and ease of use often surprises our customers. Programmable thermostats are a superior product to traditional thermostats. They are valuable and offer homeowners more features than their predecessors.

Wi-Fi thermostats offer unmatched control and convenience. They also help to save money. Touchscreen models are easy to use and generally work with all types of furnaces and central air conditioning systems, including heat-pumps. Even if the home’s internet is offline, your Wi-Fi thermostat will still work properly and offer simple programmability.

WiFi enabled thermostat

The Comfort of Control.

Wi-Fi compatibility allows families to control Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems from across the room or across the country. Remote control offers homeowners the ability to ensure that the home is always at a comfortable temperature when needed. It also allows for the option to change the home’s temperature when not at home.

Wi-Fi thermostats: Technology of the Future.

Wi-Fi thermostats offer a proactive approach to furnace and a/c repair. Wi-Fi enables HVAC systems to provide timely notifications when service is needed. You can catch problems quickly and prevent an emergency, as well as the high cost of emergency repairs.
The popularity and extensive benefits of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats are a few reasons these products will continue to dominate the market. Consumers are pleased with the features and benefits of remote control!

Wi-Fi Thermostats come in various shapes, sizes, and with different capabilities.

Zone Control and Wi-Fi Access.

Wi-Fi access allows for control of multiple heating and cooling ‘zones’ as well. Multiple units can be conveniently programmed at home, or from across town, simply by using a smartphone or an internet connected tablet. If you’re considering bettering your HVAC system by adding zone control, please call Robinson Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation!

Large Touch Screens and Simple Programming.

Wi-Fi control turns your smart phone or tablet into a large, interactive thermostat. Moreover, the actual thermostat that hangs on your wall is attractive and intuitive. Programming your thermostat has never been easier.

While programmable thermostats are paramount to an energy efficient HVAC system, Wi-Fi thermostats and Wi-Fi integrated heating and cooling systems offer distinct advantages.

No matter the size of the home or HVAC system, every homeowner can take advantage of Wi-Fi control for their heating and cooling system. Even those who do not have Wi-Fi can appreciate the plethora of features and money saving benefits that these advanced thermostats provide.

Some of the wi-fi products available can learn from your habits and usage to provide a cost saving schedule that keeps the home comfortable. Other wi-fi products have functionality built in that can email you regular reports showing how much electricity you’ve used and where you may want to consider making moneysaving adjustments.

Our favorite feature, by far, is the Wi-Fi thermostats’ ability to notify homeowners when there is a problem with the furnace or air conditioner. There is no substitute for preventative maintenance and repair. At Robinson Heating and Cooling, we want your home to be safe and comfortable. We also respect the value of a hard-earned dollar. Preventative repairs are much less expensive to address than untimely emergency repair.

Modern thermostats are truly a game changer. Heating and cooling systems are extremely complicated machines and smart thermostats offer a convenient way to control and maintain them. The control, money savings, and convenience of the Wi-Fi thermostat offer plenty for us to rave about. The handsome looks and touch screen ease of use offer a nice bonus as well.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

A.F.U.E. and YOU

The Annual Fuel Utilization Rating (AFUE) is One of the Most Important Aspects to Consider When Replacing your Furnace

Above: Example of AFUE rating label

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

Here in DePere, we certainly use a lot of fuel to heat our home. An AFUE rating is used to showcase how much heat a furnace will provide com-pared to another furnace while still using the same amount of fuel. Gas furnaces, oil furnaces and electric heating systems all have an AFUE rating. Even wood burning furnaces even have an AFUE rating (generally between 50–90%). The biggest impact in cost depends on the type of fuel you use to heat your home (natural gas, electric, oil, etc.).  AFUE ratings, however, do not serve as an apples to apples between two separate types of heating fuels. Instead they offer a comparison between two heaters with the same fuel type..

The AFUE Rating is a Government Sponsored and Enforced Mandate That Helps Homeowners Make an Educated Decision.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires new furnaces or boilers to display an AFUE rating so consumers can compare the heating efficiency of various models. The AFUE of a furnace can be found on the large yellow sticker affixed to the new furnace. The same information can also be found readily online.

What Goes in to the Annual Furnace Efficiency Rating?

The AFUE is an indication of the furnace’s ability to convert power (or fuel) into heat for your home. The rating looks at the cost and efficiency of a furnace over a year’s time. It is important to know, however, that the AFUE rating of a central furnace or boiler does not take into account external factors such as the home’s ductwork or piping.

To get the best energy efficient furnace replacement, it is paramount to hire a reputable and knowledgeable company such as Robinson Heating and Cooling to perform the install. It would be a shame to spend your hard-earned money on a quality furnace only to lose efficiency due to a shoddy installation.

Common AFUE Ratings That You’ll Find Are Between 45–95%
Standard Efficiency Furnaces:
55%–70% AFUE
Medium Efficiency Furnaces:
80%–83% AFUE
High Efficiency Furnaces:
93%–98.5% AFUE
Robinson Heating and Cooling Can Retrofit a Furnace to Increase Energy Efficiency.

In some cases it is beneficial and economical to retrofit a central furnace or boiler to increase its energy efficiency. We at Robinson Heating and Cooling offer a furnace retrofitting service. However, if you are considering retrofitting your furnace you’d be well advised to sit down with one of our representatives to discuss the idea first. Your current furnace should be inspected thoroughly to determine whether a retrofit is ideal. You can count on Robinson’s honest and tenured employees to offer sound advice.

Not only can you save money on your energy bill, there may be rebates available for you!

With Great Efficiency Comes Great Rebates!

High efficiency furnaces and boilers are truly superior machines compared to their medium or standard efficiency counter-parts. Therefore, the manufacturing cost is higher and the cost to purchase the machine is higher as well. Robinson Heating and Cooling understands keeping costs low is an important aspect to a family’s financial well-being.

We help homeowners in our community get the most out of available regional incentives, national rebates, and manufacturer discounts. Remember, an investment in a high efficiency furnace is not only attainable but the cost savings over time is fantastic as well. Call us today to take advantage of any incentives and rebates that are available.

Choosing which heating and cooling system is best for your home is tough. Speak with our team of professionals. We can help you determine what will work best for your home and family’s needs.

Fortunately, You Can Make an Educated Decision.

Budget, fuel type, and ductwork design quality have a large bearing on the energy efficiency of a furnace. It’s good to know that standard efficiency, medium efficiency, and high efficiency furnaces can all be compared to each-other on a level playing field.

The federal regulation requiring furnace manufacturers to comply with standardized testing is a true gift to homeowners in Northeast Wisconsin. Our customers sure push their equipment to the limit and it’s good to have a resource such as AFUE to help them make the best decision for their individual situation.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

Understanding the AFUE Label

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Your Air Conditioner and Severe Weather

Do you know how to properly take care of your air conditioner or heat pump in severe weather? Lots of things can happen to an air conditioner if it is not properly taken care of. HVAC units are built to withstand a tremendous amount of wind, rain, heat and cold, but special precautionary measures should be taken in certain instances to preserve the longevity of your outdoor units. Robinson Heating and Cooling is here to help you increase the longevity of your air conditioner and heat pump!

First, there is no need to cover up your air conditioner or heat pump when it is simply raining or snowing. Covering up your outdoor unit can actually really hurt the interior mechanisms. For example:

  • Rodents can build nests inside covered air conditioners or covered heat pumps. The cover provides a nice, safe, dry, warm place for them to squirrel away into. Rodents may chew through the wires inside the outdoor unit, causing shorts in circuitry or killing the entire machine. They may die inside, causing an unpleasant smell. Rodents may also strip your Freon lines for nest-building, causing your lines to be uninsulated and vulnerable to weather.
  • Lack of airflow encourages the growth of mold and other plant life. Mold and mildew growing inside your air conditioner will not negatively affect your health in any way, but it can decrease your unit’s efficiency by cutting down on airflow. Over time, this may cause damage to the unit as it tries to compensate for the efficiency loss.
  • Moisture will still get in. Even if you are trying to keep all moisture out of your HVAC unit, it will still find a way in. Humidity in the air will bring moisture inside a sealed air conditioner or heat pump, evaporation from the ground can bring water up into the cover, or melting snow or rain may puddle around the base and splash up into it.

Severe weather, on the other hand, requires proper care of your air conditioner or heat pump. Severe weather happens frequently in Wisconsin, so knowing how to prepare your outdoor HVAC units can help keep your air conditioner or heat pump up and running for years to come. When severe weather, such as a blizzard or thunderstorm, is on its way, a few precautionary steps can be taken to prevent or reduce damage to your HVAC unit.

  • Turn off whatever heating or cooling units you have running. A power surge can cause damage to your heating or cooling system. Unless you are caught in a blizzard and need heat, turning off your heating or cooling units can potentially prevent lots of property damage.
  • If severe winds are present, cover your outdoor HVAC units. Strong winds can blow debris into your unit or cause heavy objects to fall onto it. Covering your air conditioner or heat pump can prevent or reduce damage to the outdoor unit. Be sure to remove the cover after the storm has cleared.
  • Remove loose yard furniture. Loose things in your yard such as patio furniture, toys, and tools can cause damage to your home, including your outdoor HVAC units. Removing them from your yard previous to a storm may prevent hundreds of dollars in damage.

If you notice damage to your air conditioner or heat pump after a storm, contact us or give Robinson Heating and Cooling a call at (920) 490-3394.

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The Benefits of Natural Gas Boilers

Natural gas has it’s advantages. If you are thinking about switching from a fuel oil boiler to a natural gas boiler, here is a list of reasons detailing how switching can benefit you, your home, and your wallet:

  1. No more oil. Natural gas is typically piped into your home, cutting down on maintaining the oil in the boiler and eliminating the need to run out and buy some in an emergency. Oil also smells and produces lots of soot. Natural gas is odorless when in use and produces very few emissions, helping out the environment and cutting down on cleaning time.
  2. Save money. Natural gas costs less than oil. Because natural gas is also far more efficient, it will also cost less to heat your home, saving you hundreds of dollars a year in heating costs. A natural gas boiler also tends to cost less; the units are cheaper to produce than oil burning boilers.
  3. Help the environment. Natural gas is cleaner than oil to burn, produces less soot, and the way it is obtained is better for the environment. Natural gas is gathered from pipes run deep underground; no oil wells or drills are required.

Recently, we posted an example of a successful natural gas boiler installation. That satisfied customer will now be saving money on heating costs because they decided to replace their old unit with a more efficient boiler. Call Robinson Heating and Cooling today at (920) 490-3394 to discuss replacing your fuel oil boiler today!

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