Five real benefits of an annual furnace check-up

Each fall you likely receive dozens of direct mail advertisements on specific HVAC services, such as annual furnace check-ups. Although it may seem like a trivial money-wasting idea, an annual furnace inspection has several benefits. You see, over the years your furnace is susceptible to harsh weather which can wreak havoc on its performance. Fortunately, an annual inspection and tune-up can ensure that your furnace lasts through the winter – and for many years to come. Although that is reason enough to have an annual check-up, many homeowners simply forgo the process. But there are several other benefits to having an annual furnace check-up. Here are just five:

  • Guarantees proper airflow. During a yearly check-up, our technicians will examine your entire heating system to ensure it is receiving – and offering – the right airflow. A furnace with limited airflow may not only cause your heating bills to spike, but it may also cause unnecessary strain on your heating or cooling system. It may not sound important, but proper airflow is crucial to preventing the need for furnace repair.
  • Keeps your family safe. A furnace burns fuel to produce heat for your home. In order to maintain safety and efficiency, the process of combustion must be exact. Even the smallest issue can lead to a gas or carbon monoxide leak, both of which are dangerous. Although it may seem like a money-saving idea to do an annual inspection yourself but because of safety issues, it’s best left to the professionals.
  • Reduces the need for repairs. Furnaces tend to go out in the dead of winter, leaving homeowners panicked. Just like all mechanical devices, furnaces seem to know when we most need them and break down at that time. Oftentimes, these issues could have been prevented with an annual inspection and tune-up.
  • Improves energy and fuel efficiency. An annual inspection and tune-up doesn’t just look for potential issues, it also includes cleaning. Over the months, your furnace collects dust, dirt, and debris. If left uncleaned, these debris can really take a toll on your furnace including your energy and fuel bills. But, with a quick cleaning from our professionals your furnace will be running as good as new, saving you both time and money.
  • Maintains the manufacturer’s warranty. If your heating system is under a manufacturer’s warrant, it is important that you have annual inspections and tune-ups. Most manufacturer’s state that the warranty becomes null and void if the system is not regularly maintained. Fortunately, an annual furnace check-up can meet the requirements set within your manufacturer warranty.

As you can see, there are several benefits to having your furnace regularly inspected and tuned-up. Not only does it save you time and money, but it also helps to keep your family safe. At Berico, Alamance Oil and Carolina Fuels, we believe in flexibility; which is why we offer a variety of different furnace repair, inspection, and tune-up options as well as on-going maintenance programs. From basic inspections to complicated repairs, we have you covered. We even offer completely free energy audits, which are designed to help you save even more on your energy bills. So if you’re in need of a furnace check-up in Greensboro, repair, or tune-up contact us today!

Heating your home with propane

When it comes to home heat, there are many factors to consider including cost, comfort, safety, and the environment. There are many benefits of propane heat.  Many people are turning to propane for heat because it is less expensive than oil and electric heat in today’s market. Heating with propane is a safe, environmentally friendly alternative to other methods with the same or better quality of heat.

propane-heatCompared to other heating sources, propane is clean burning. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, propane produces 68% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electricity. This is because electricity is created by the burning of coal. It is non-toxic, therefore not harmful to soil or water. And because it takes less propane to heat the same space as it would take electricity, the environmental advantages are even greater. Other household appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers, and ranges can run on propane as well, thus reducing electricity usage in the home.

Propane heat is a safe alternative to other heating sources as long as it is installed correctly. There is a Certified Employee Training Program required in eight states for the propane industry that is used nationwide by various propane suppliers. This program is developed within the guidelines set by agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Fire Protection Association.

Another advantage of propane heat is its versatility. It can be used in floor and ceiling radiant heating systems as well as air vent heating. It works for multi-zone heating systems and in fuel-powered fireplaces. There is virtually no home that cannot be heated efficiently and comfortably with propane.

With all these advantages, why not use propane? One concern for many is the upfront cost of a new heating system. According to the cost comparison studies done by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the cost of installation of a new propane heating system would pay for itself within the first year. The savings would actually exceed the cost of making the switch.

Are annual furnace tune-ups necessary?

furnace-repair-greensboroAs the colder temperatures of fall approach, one thing is certain: you’ll soon be using your furnace on a regular basis. Perhaps the thought has slipped your mind, but now you realize it’s time to schedule a furnace tune-up. But then you think to yourself, “Are furnace tune-ups really all that necessary?”

So, Are Furnace Tune-Ups Necessary?

Put simply; YES, an annual tune-up is necessary. After all, your furnace is one of the most expensive appliances within your home; and just like your car, it needs to be regularly cleaned and maintained. Aside from providing savings on your energy bill, an annual tune-up helps to keep your family safe. Even better, annual tune-ups ensure that your furnace stays within the manufacturer’s warranty.

What Options Are Available to Me?

At Berico, we believe that flexibility is key for any relationship. We understand that not everyone needs a complete tune-up. So we’ve created a variety of annual check-ups, each with different price points and perks. Our services include:

  • Furnace inspection and tune-up. When you select this option you can rest comfortably knowing that your furnace is in the hands of professionals. Our technicians will visit your home to perform our multi-point inspection, clean, and tune-up your furnace.
  • Furnace repair. If we find issues with your furnace during the annual inspection, we will gladly inform you, allowing you to choose if you want to repair now or another time. Even better, you may qualify for discounted repairs if your furnace is still under warranty or you are on one of our service plans.
  • Emergency Service & Repair. We understand that accidents may happen, which is why we have technicians on-call 24/7. If you have an emergency that needs to be addressed quickly, don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be happy to send out a technician to assist you, even if it’s 3 am.
  • Furnace replacement. If your furnace has simply given out, don’t worry. We offer several replacement options. Our comfort specialist, will meet with you to discuss your best options. We can then order and install your new furnace of choice. We install all types of systems: oil furnaces, propane furnaces, heat pumps, gas furnaces, solar units, geothermal units, duel fuel units and more.
  • Tank Installation. Our technicians are fully equipped to install oil, gas, and propane tanks. We even offer tank installation at commercial businesses.
  • Free Energy Audits. That’s right, we offer completely FREE energy audits. Simply call to schedule your free audit and we’ll send out a technician to evaluate your home. We’ll give you a list of possible improvements and savings, and let you decide what to do next.

As you can see, we offer a variety of different services to suit your needs. Whether you need a basic furnace tune-up or a complete overhaul, Berico can handle it.

Locally owned and operated in the Greensboro area, we at Berico are committed to keep you comfortable in the summer and winter. If you’ve been debating on a home furnace tune-up, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’ll answer any questions you may, show you the benefits, and schedule an appointment.

Saving money on your heating bills

save on heating billsHaving a comfortable temperature in your home can be difficult to do if you are worried about saving money on your utility bills. There are actually many different ways that you can attain optimal results, by just using your thermostat. Below are some great tips for having a comfortable temperature in your home, conserving energy and saving money.

During the cold months, think about setting your thermostat about two to three degrees cooler than you usually set it. If you keep your thermostat at 74, then turn it back to 72 or 71. This allows you to obtain a comfortable temperature, but it also provides significant savings on your energy bill. Now if your HVAC system is outdated, then you should think about investing in a new, high-efficiency HVAC system, as this will allow you to maximize your savings while ensuring that your home is as comfortable as possible.

Always make sure that you change your filters once a month or once every three months, depending on the type of filters you use and your HVAC system. The air filter keeps debris from traveling into your HVAC system. This ensures efficient heating and cooling operation. If your filter is dirty, this will slow down air flow which makes the furnace work harder to heat your home. This, in turn, can increase your energy bills. Not sure how often you should change your air filter? Berico offers a free energy audit to help you with that question and any others you may have.

You should also take some of the strain off of your heating and air conditioning system. Open all the closed air vents and registers in your home. Keep all doors open. These few actions actually helps increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. It also greatly improves the comfort level in your home. When your heat runs, it forces air throughout the entire home. If you have closed vents or registers, there is added strain on your unit which causes more wear and tear. This shortens the lifespan of your heating system and increases your operating cost.

Products such as attic tents, specialty filters, and programmable thermostats can all help you save money and are well worth the initial investment.

Lastly, if you are worried that your heating and air conditioning system is not operating at the best possible efficiency, you should contact Berico. We will send out a highly trained technician to perform a free energy audit to analyze your home system’s efficiency.

Heating your home efficiently

Heating your homeYour home is the one place that should always be comforting. But, if your home does not heat evenly, it is far from comfortable. Finding out why your home is heating unevenly can be a problem. At first, you might suspect that your heating system is not properly working. Before buying a new system, you should check some things out first.

First, check your air vents, or registers, in each room. If your home is not heating evenly and efficiently, it could be as simple as a vent being closed in one room. All of the registers in your home should be open, at least partially. Once all of the vents are open, check each room to see which ones are too warm and which ones aren’t warm enough.

For those rooms that are too warm, simply close the vent slightly but not completely. Keep all the vents in the colder rooms fully open. Sometimes, this trick is enough to balance your warmth and provide plenty of comfort to all rooms. But, if it doesn’t work, you need to try some other alternatives.

Clean your air vents by using a vacuum cleaner. You should also remove the vent cover and make sure the interior of the duct is clean. Blockages prevent air from circulating evenly throughout your home.

If your home is still not heating evenly, you may have a problem with your home’s ductwork. If you can reach the ducts, which are located either above or below your home, check them to make sure that they are fully insulated, and that there are no bends in them.

If all else fails, you may have a problem with your HVAC system. It could be outdated making it not sufficient enough to heat your home evenly. Call Berico for a qualified technician to review the operation or schedule a free estimate or home energy audit.  Berico is here to help you evaluate the need for replacement and can suggest methods of increasing your home’s safety, energy or fuel efficiency,  or necessary repairs.  If uneven heating is a recent problem, then there can be issues with your HVAC system that are causing it. It’s always best to have your system serviced regularly by Berico’s certified HVAC professionals to ensure that everything is in working order.  Call Berico today at (336) 273-8663 to schedule your free energy audit.

Lennox Air Conditioning Systems

  • lennox ac systemsLennox was founded 118 years ago by Dave Lennox. They have been producing HVAC units for over 30 years.
  • Lennox offers Energy Star Products which can reduce your energy usage by up to 20%.
  • Berico, Alamance Oil and Carolina Fuels are able to install and repair the Lennox system.
  • Call Berico, Alamance Oil or Carolina Fuels today for a free home energy audit.

The Lennox International Incorporation has become a leading brand of air conditioning systems and climate control products in areas all across the globe. It all started in 1895 when Dave Lennox founded the company. Since its start, Lennox has become a company that provides both heating and cooling options, along with refrigeration products for the general public. The company also provides HVAC units that have rapidly increased in popularity over the years. The HVAC units are heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units that keep even the largest of buildings climate controlled.

Lennox provides a wide variety of HVAC units that can be used in office settings or even in the home. These units are designed to maximize the ability of individuals to keep the temperature comfortable and controlled. There are many different businesses and residential customers who rely on these systems. The HVAC systems from Lennox are available in schools, malls, and restaurants, to name a few. In fact, some healthcare providers have these systems installed to keep the temperature controlled and comfortable for their patients. One of the main reasons why so many people use these systems to help cut costs in addition to keeping the air at a comfortable temperature. The air quality is also improved with the use of HVAC systems due to the filtration systems that help to eliminate dust particles, debris, and allergens from the air.

Lennox offers many different products to choose from, which is convenient for customers who are looking for a cooling and heating system. Some of the unique systems offered by this brand include Energy Star Products and Packaged Rooftop Units. The Energy Star Products are designed to help save energy and power while reducing the cost of heating and cooling bills. Energy Star products have the star seal of approval located on the system. The Packaged Rooftop Units are innovative and have been recently introduced into the world of air conditioning, heating, and ventilation. The cost of these products will vary tremendously depending upon style, size, and other factors.

Berico carries the Lennox brand and is able to install various types of systems for your home or business. Our professionals are able to determine which type of unit is best suited for you during our free energy audit of your residence or commercial property. Once a system has been determined, we will schedule an installation appointment at your convenience. One of our highly skilled and educated technicians will come out to install your system during your appointment and explain everything that goes with the process in detail. We take the time to make sure all of your questions are answered and your concerns are addressed.

If you are considering a Lennox system for your residential or commercial property, give Berico a call or fill out our contact form so one of our representatives can help you.

York Air Conditioning Systems

berico-york-image-300x244York was established in 1878 and provides affordable and reliable air conditioning systems.

Berico, Carolina Fuels, and Alamance Oil can install and repair the York air conditioning systems.

If you are considering York, call Berico today for a free in home energy audit to help you in your decision of which system is right for you.
York builds air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps for both residential and commercial customers. The York brand is known for being efficient at providing comfortable temperatures for affordable rates. Also, York has many different options to choose from when it comes to the types of air conditioning systems, furnaces and heat pumps that are right for your home or office. If you are interested in a unit with a cooling and heating efficiency that will provide you with the utmost comfort, this is a brand that to consider.

York has been providing air conditioning systems for over 135 years. They are one of the few companies that offer split air conditioning systems. Of course, the type of system you choose will depend on where you plan to put the system and what your cooling system needs are. More than likely, you will be able to find a system from York, especially since they offer a wide variety. If you are having trouble with deciding on the right York unit for you, Berico can help by offering our professional advice and conduction a free home energy audit.

Not only can we advise you on the best system for your needs, we will also install and maintain your chosen units. We have dedicated, experienced, and reliable technicians that are skilled in installing York air conditioning systems. Why try doing it yourself and risk doing it wrong when there are professionals who can make sure the job is done right the first time?

Here at Berico, we know and understand the wants and needs of our customers when it comes to heating and cooling their homes and offices. We know that customers want to be able to enjoy comfortable temperatures year-round without spending a small fortune. This is why we offer comfort and protection service agreements. These agreements assure our customers that they will receive the installation of the air conditioning unit, along with any maintenance and repairs that will be needed in the future, all for an affordable price.

Contact Berico today for more information on York systems, the installation process and how to save money with our comfort and protection service agreements. You can give us a call or visit our contact page to fill out a form or email us directly. We look forward to working with you.

Air Conditioning Installation

Air Conditioning Installation in GreensboroIf you are considering a new AC, the estimate and installation process should be an important aspect when considering an air conditioner. At Berico, we provide a variety of air conditioning systems and can schedule a free estimate at your convenience. Below are some items to consider when selecting a new HVAC system:

Is the system sized properly for your home’s heating or cooling demands and have you had a load calculation performed?
What is the seasonal efficiency of the new system you are considering and how can this save you money?
What type of warranty does a new system offer?
What is the reputation of the company performing the installation and will they be there if something goes wrong?
What options are you given when quoted the job? (More efficient thermostat? Multiple unit options, etc?)

Air conditioning is a necessity for everyone during the hot North Carolina summers. Whether you are working in an office setting or relaxing inside your home, keeping cool is a priority, especially when the outside temperatures are in the 90s. When it comes to considering a new heating or cooling system, Berico’s installation department wants to help you get the correct unit, designed for your comfort.

From service, to free estimates, our “Always Dependable” motto stands strong. We look to answer and provide all the questions mentioned above in order to exceed our customers satisfaction. We work diligently to provide each customer with honest feedback toward their heating or cooling systems in an effort to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.

On each new system estimate our comfort specialists perform a load calculation to ensure each customer’s home is properly sized. This allows us to provide the customer with a variety of options that are properly fitted to the customer’s home and demands. Not properly sizing a home can lead to high energy or fuel bills, inefficient HVAC systems, and shortened life of the systems.

If cost of a new system is a concern, we have a variety of financing options to offer to our customers. Don’t let the cost of a new system scare you. Many customers have recovered the cost of their new air conditioning or furnaces over a short period of time simply by upgrading to a more efficient system.

After you have decided on the air conditioning system in Greensboro that is right for you, we will come out and perform the installation. If you are not sure which option is best for you, our comfort specialist is here to help you throughout the installation process with any questions you have. We will be able to provide you with support and assistance in making the best decision for your home or office. Furthermore, we offer a variety of service plans that help you maintain all new systems, which is often requirement to maintain your warranty. If you are looking for a reliable company that can perform air conditioning installation for your home or office, contact Berico today.

Goodman Air Systems

Goodman Air SystemsGoodman is a name that you have probably heard before, especially since it’s one of the leading brands of cooling and heating systems.

  • Goodman has been producing heating and cooling systems since 1982.
  • Goodman units are very affordable and come with a warranty.
  • Berico, Carolina Fuels and Alamance Oil can help you decide on the right Goodman system for you and also install it at your earliest convenience.
  • Berico, Carolina Fuels and Alamance Oil offers service agreements to help you save money on maintenance and repairs of your Goodman system.

The Goodman Company has been providing both air conditioning systems and heating equipment to its customers for the past three decades. With 30 years of experience, Goodman has been able to gain loyal customers who continuously do business with them.

Goodman units are considered highly affordable, especially when compared to other similar systems. As a customer, you can appreciate the warranties that are offered to all customers by Goodman, to ensure customer satisfaction, which is their number one priority. There are several different products that are offered by the company and it is important to research what is available so that you can make the best decision for your home or office.

Fortunately for those interested in Goodman systems, Berico, Carolina Fuels and Alamance Oil are able to provide you with advice on the best system for you. Once you choose the best Goodman air conditioner or heating system, our experienced technicians will install your system at a day and time that is convenient for you. One of our highly skilled technicians will come out to your home, explain exactly what is needed to be done before starting the installation process so you can be rest assured that everything is done correctly and in a timely fashion. When it comes to reliability, Berico, Carolina Fuels and Alamance Oil proves to be the leader Goodman dealer in Greensboro, High Point, Burlington and Eden.

The professionals at these locations are fantastic at installing different products, especially those that come from the Goodman brand. However, these professionals do so much more than just the installation of the systems that you need for your home. If you have been looking for a company that also helps with the maintenance of your cooling or heating system, Berico is the best match. We take care of installation, maintenance, and repairs. If something goes wrong, we are there to assist and provide you our services to ensure that you can get that comfortable temperature of your home back without having to wait.

We also offer service agreements to ensure you get the most for your money. We strive to go above and beyond all expectations to ensure our customers are happy with the service they receive. If you are considering buying a Goodman cooling or heating system, know that the professional technicians at Berico will be able to get the system installed in no time at all.

Central Air

GDM_AChorizFlow_sceneCentral air conditioning systems are the units of choice in North Carolina for both homes and offices.

  • Central Air has become increasingly popular in the past thirty years because these units help to keep the entire home or work place a comfortable temperature.
  • Central Air is an updated cooling system that works better than a window unit.
  • Berico, Carolina Fuels and Alamance Oil has been helping their customers with the installation and repair of Central Air Conditioning units for decades.
  • Call Berico, Carolina Fuels or Alamance Oil today with any questions about Central AC or to schedule an installation or repair appointment.

One of the main reasons of this rise in popularity, is that central air helps to keep the entire home or office at a controlled climate so the temperature is comfortable for everyone. A window unit air conditioner, however, is usually only capable of keeping one particular area cool while wasting more energy in the process. Central air is simply an updated cooling system that works better than a window unit.

So how exactly do these systems work? A central air unit is typically installed outside of the home, usually in the backyard or alongside of the home or office. It will operate from the outside of the home or office, while controlling the temperature inside of the building to ensure that it is comfortable for everyone. The problem with window unit air conditioners is that it tends to get a bit too cold in one room while the other rooms are actually still hot, causing many issues including a high energy bill. The central air unit keeps each room comfortable instead of just one room being comfortable and cuts down on energy costs.

Berico, Carolina Fuels and Alamance Oil have been helping their customers with the installation of Central AC units for quite some time now. We hire only the best of the best when it comes to technicians who work to help customers with all of their cooling and heating needs. If reliability is something customers are interested in, Berico can offer that and then some. The technicians here perform a wide variety of services for each of our clients. We are able to install the central air unit without a hassle. We also offer many brands such as York, Lennox and Goodman to choose from.

Aside from installing these systems, we will also keep up with the maintenance of the unit. Maintaining the system is just as important as the actual installation because it helps to keep debris and dust out of the filters, which would block the comforting cool air from making its way through the building. Maintenance also helps to keep things clean and efficiently working. If there are every any issues with the actual functioning of the unit, the technicians here will be able to come out at any time, any day of the week to help with repairs. This means that you never have to go without a comfortable, cool temperature for long if any problems arose.

Central air units are ideal to have in homes and commercial properties. If you are are in need of central air conditioning installation or repair, please contact Berico by calling or visiting our Contact Page. We believe that you should never have to wait for comfort which is why we are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.