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Robert Hoffmann

This is a blog about Hoffmann Brothers Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. I am Robert Hoffmann, the owner and President of Hoffmann Brothers. I am a licensed Mechanical Engineer with many years of experience in HVAC, Mechanical Contracting, & Plumbing.

Your Oakville home embodies an abundance of financial resources. From the kitchen, the thermostat and throughout the home, consider these useful energy savings tips to cut your summer energy expenditures. Oakville AC Contractor Prescribes Energy Savings Tactics Boosting Energy Conservation in the Kitchen Refrigerators should never be in close proximity to an oven, a window, a dishwashing system or any other heat-generating element. Set the refrigerator from 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. On refrigerators where the door seals are not airtight, replace the seals to lock in cool and conserve on energy costs to keep food chilled at the right temperature. Try to avoid baking, roasting or broiling foods in the oven from June through August, as it will work against the energy efficiency of your cooling system. Phantom energy contributes to extra energy consumption. Unplug the toaster, coffeemaker and other kitchen appliances when not in use. Accumulate an Energy Savings...
Spring ushers in a time for a fresh new landscape, a slew of chores to do before the hot days of summer. A heating and cooling contractor of Mehlville MO offers a few suggestions on springing into action. Three Spring Chores to Complete Before Memorial Day Recycle, dispose and re-purpose when possible. Help the environment and other people, recycle. The parts of mobile devices, computers and electronics are hazardous in a landfill, and reusable for technology companies. Recycle cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices at local foundations and agencies. For instance, the APA Adoption Center of Missouri (www.apamo.org) accepts recycled phones to raise money for its pets. Please visit the St. Louis City website for additional details on local recycle resources: https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/street/refuse/recycle/cellphones.cfm The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises homeowners to safely discard any leftover household products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), toxins or corrosive matter (i.e. batteries, paints, pesticides...
Maryland Heights AC Contractor Explains Air Cooling Options A Maryland Heights, air conditioning contractor, renowned for expert and economical air conditioning (AC) repairs and installations, explains the difference between a heat pump and ductless air conditioning system. Ductless Air Conditioning vs. a Heat Pump Which provides the coolest cool, a heat pump system or a ductless air conditioning system? Heat pumps and ductless air conditioning systems differ in cool air output. Unlike an air conditioner or ductless air conditioning, heat pump systems supply more than cool air. Heat pumps also warm the home in the winter. A Heat pump system has also been gaining popularity among Maryland Heights residential property owners because of its energy efficiency and multi-functionality. In comparison to an air conditioner, heat pump systems perform quietly. (Heat pump systems are also available in single and 2-stage units).   About the Ductless Air Conditioning System A Ductless air conditioning...
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In the months of March and April, mild temperatures remind the residents of Madison County, IL that summer is in tow. Spring makes for an opportune time to refresh the air conditioning (AC) system. Air conditioner maintenance is crucial to how ACs cool homes. When is the best time to schedule air conditioning maintenance? Before it’s time to power up the air conditioner, the months of March through early May are prime time to schedule a tune up or preventative maintenance on your air conditioner,” advises an air conditioner contractor employed at Hoffmann Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning. In Madison County, from the month of March through May--the historical average temperature ranges between 59 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Weather.com. (Source: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/l/USIL0397:1:US) Madison County IL HVAC Contractor: 3 Reasons Your AC Needs a Yearly Tune Up Better energy efficiency performance Even brand new air conditioners need maintenance each year. According...
Is your gas furnace about to go on the fritz? Furnaces exude many warning signs before failing. Gas furnaces are intricate systems. Noises, running for extended periods of time, or when the pilot light is unable to keep its flame, all suggest that either a repair or furnace replacement is inevitable. Troubleshooting an Inoperable Gas Furnace Short of replacing the air filter, homeowners don't usually have the expertise to fix these systems responsible for heating and cooling the home. A specialist in St. Louis offers the following troubleshooting tips on diagnosing a faulty furnace Does you system stay on all the time? Have you replaced the air filter in the last 90 days? Is the furnace making abnormal noises? If your gas furnace is not working, first check your thermostat to verify your home’s interior temperature. Lower or raise the temperature to trick the furnace into turning on. Next, check the...
Lemay Heating Contractor Provides a Heat Pump Buyer’s Guide + Checklist A heating and air conditioning company with more than two decades of experience itemizes a heat pump buyer's guide and checklist for residents in Lemay and neighboring towns. About Heat Pumps In terms of replacing a furnace or a standard heating and cooling system, heat pumps afford low operating costs. All year round, heat pumps condition cool and warm air. Designed for energy efficiency and comfort, numerous features attribute to the quality of a heat pump. Heat Pump Energy efficiency + Performance The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) establishes benchmarks for various heating and cooling systems, based on lowest energy consumption. These are measured and featured on all heat pumps based on the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor).   FYI The ENERGY STAR (R) label identifies which heat pumps comply with the DOE's energy...
The clock is ticking for Ameren Missouri customers to redeem the company’s heating and cooling rebates.Homeowners and participating air conditioning contractors need to submit all rebate applications prior to December 2015.   Brentwood Heating + Air Conditioning: How to Qualify for the Ameren Missouri Heating & Cooling Rebate Program   What types of heating and air conditioning (AC) systems qualify for the rebate? Air conditioners with a gas or electric furnace, air source heat pumps with a gas furnace or a dual fuel heat pump or ground source heat pump all qualify for Ameren Missouri Heating & Cooling rebate program. “If your home’s heating and AC system has a SEER rating of 12 or lower; or nine years old and older, it’s most likely wasting more energy than necessary. Ameren Missouri Heating & Cooling rebate program is a real deal for Missourian homeowners, approaching an HVAC upgrade,” suggests a technician of a heating...
Fenton, MO heating and air conditioning contractor answers why a new heating and air conditioning system is not producing energy efficient warmth and cooling. Greetings HVAC helper,   We have a brand new high efficient split-level system. Although it works fine, when we invested in the new heating system our objective was to reduce our energy costs by at least 20 percent.   We’ve had several different heating contractors inspect our system. All report that there’s nothing wrong with our new split-level system. Every contractor says the same thing: your heating system is working properly and precisely sized.   But, we have yet to see our energy bills dwindle. Any ideas?   A confused Fenton MO homeowner Fenton HVAC Tells Why New Heating + AC’s May be Energy Efficient Without making a heating repair call in Fenton, we cannot diagnose the exact problem. The issue may not be your new split-level...
How to know when your AC is due for a replacement, how to hire an upstanding HVAC contractor and why preventative maintenance really matters--are a few of the consumer resources detailed in this article. A heating and cooling contractor in Missouri reviews the top consumer articles about a home’s comfort system.   How to Select an Upstanding Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor http://www.hoffmannbros.com/blog/entry/how-to-select-an-upstanding-heating-and-air-conditioning-contractor.html All too often, property owners elicit heating, cooling and general contractors without researching their credentials. Review how these qualifying standards could save money or at least the frustration of hiring an unsavory heating and air conditioning contractor. Heating Contractor Addresses Heating Preventative Maintenance Q&A This blog post features a concise overview regarding preventative maintenance and why it is important. Readers learn how preventative maintenance influences furnace and heating systems’ safety, energy savings and performance. http://www.hoffmannbros.com/blog/entry/heating-contractor-addresses-heating-preventative-maintenance-q-a.html 3-Signs the AC is on the Verge of a Breakdown Even though this...
Glen Carbon IL HVAC Talks Service Protection Warranties Energy compliant warmth and cooling are the basic expectations homeowners envision when buying a new heating and air conditioning system. But, not every licensed HVAC contractor offers a customer satisfaction guarantee. According to a spokesperson of Hoffmann Brothers, a Glen Carbon, IL heating and air conditioning contractor, homeowners should expect three fundamental guarantees on a new heating system installation. AC Contractor Ensures Heating and Cooling Satisfaction There’s nothing more frustrating than an inoperable, brand new heating and cooling system. The problem can be as simple as a tweak, a sizing adjustment or even a manufacturer replacement. Whatever the case, an upstanding heating and cooling contractor should not charge for a service call. Zero Aggravation Guarantee Hoffmann Brothers takes its service guarantees a step further than other heating and cooling companies in Glen Carbon, IL. “During the first year of a new heating and air...
“When it comes to heat pumps, we have discerning taste. So we thought it would be fitting for us to review the Goodman DCZ18”, shares a Ladue MO heating contractor. How Hoffmann Brothers Rates the Goodman Heat Pump “With a 9.5 HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor), the Goodman DSZC18 is all about warmth, energy conservation and performance, “ remarks a technician employed at Hoffmann Brothers heating and cooling, in Ladue. A real energy saver. Goodman DSZC18 heat pumps are engineered to conserve energy. The residential heating system produces a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 18. Eighteen SEER also happens to be the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) standard for air conditioning systems with an SEER of 18 and above to afford the greatest energy efficiency. A quiet heat pump. Most Ladue homeowners marvel over the Goodman heat pump's versatility. Emitting warmth in the winter and a precise cooling in the...
Why pay more for heating and cooling your home than necessary? Des Peres heating and cooling contractor prescribes four fixes on curtailing your annual energy bills. Program it. Programmable thermostats integrate with many mobile devices, giving homeowners in Des Peres the opportunity to cut the cost of his or her home’s annual energy bill. The ENERGY STAR Program reports homeowners save as much as 15 percent of their annual energy bills with the installation and proper use of a programmable thermostat. During the day, when your Des Peres household is vacant, reduce the thermostat’s temperature to between 67 and 70 degrees. Anticipate a one percent savings on your energy costs for every degree reduced on the thermostat Seal it. By nature, air ducts are prone to waste energy. However, the right sealant quells those heating and cooling losses. BLOCK QUOTE: “We use Aerosol to reduce the energy losses associated with air...
Some winter storms counter the greater comforts of cozy living. From a malfunctioning heating system, to a power outage, to icy laden roads, a reputable Fenton, MO HVAC contractor prescribes a handful of winter survival tactics. Fenton MO Heating Contractor: Winter Survival Tactics Practice proper storage and disposal. Keep hazardous substances out of the proximity of heating elements (i.e. gas furnace, fireplace, electrical heater, radiator, et cetera). Batteries, households cleaners, paint, pesticides and other household products are considered hazardous in Fenton, MO. Further reading on hazardous household product disposal in the city of Fenton MO, > http://www.fentonmo.org/index.aspx?NID=984   Maintain the heating system. “A check up of the furnace, boiler and components of the heater ensure winter safety and performance, while optimizing its energy efficiency,” says a lead HVAC contractor of Hoffmann Brothers. Read more on Hoffmann Brothers HVAC in Fenton MO, http://www.hoffmannbros.com/Fenton.html Most poorly maintained heating systems don’t have the capacity...
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is not always the byproduct of a faulty heating and cooling system. In fact, gas leaks and carbon monoxide are in company with another household contaminant, called radon. Florissant heating contractor observes National Radon Action Month with these healthful facts on radon. What is radon? Radon is an odorless, invisible radioactive gas. The contaminant is potentially present in most American households. A naturally occurring element in soil, radon is the byproduct of uranium, inevitably breaking down to radium.   Does radon exposure pose any health risks? Among non-cigarette smoking adults, radon is the next prevalent cause of lung cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designates the month of January as National Radon Action Month. Annually, radon assumes an estimated 21,000 lives. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend Radon testing in the home, workplace and at school. www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html Radon exposure is a preventable health...
Fairview Heights IL HVAC Contractor Tells How to Trim Energy Waste Among Fairview Heights IL and other Madison County homeowners, there’s a misconception that turning off lights and replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs *(CFL) are the end all, be all to drive down energy costs. Between all the gas and electric appliances in the average Fairview Heights household, the heating and cooling system zaps the greatest energy drain. The most highly efficient heating and cooling system has a 95 percent AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). The only problem is that numerous factors around the home can counter this energy efficiency conservation and savings on the monthly utility bill. Windows and doors release drafty air in the winter. By insulating windows and doors with an ENERGY STAR certified application, Fairview Heights’ homeowners can complement a home’s energy efficiency of the heating system.   Energy zapper fix: Visit the...
Seven Statements by Edwardsville IL Mechanical Engineer Sometimes Edwardsville, IL households need more than an HVAC tune up to quell energy losses in the home. Leaky air ducts are responsible for more than a third of a home’s annual heat loss. Robert Hoffmann the founder and owner of Hoffmann Brothers Heating and Cooling fills in the blanks on heating an Edwardsville home. Incompatible heating differences happen when some old and new heating systems are unable to maintain the target proper temperature. The cause is often due to a leaky air duct. Leaky air ducts are tantamount to tossing money out the window. Working against the furnace’s energy efficiency, a leaking air duct is counterproductive to any homeowner’s goal to reduce monthly energy consumption. The one service we don’t provide is air duct cleaning. However, we do seal leaky air ducts. The best air duct sealant is mastic or an Aeroseal’s duct...
East St. Louis Heating a Home with Care Refer to these health and safety tips, provided by East St. Louis heating contractor, Hoffmann Brothers. Clear the Air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) anticipates higher flu rates this winter season because the H3N2 influenza strain has mutated, rendering vaccinations to be less effective. To combat the spread of microbes, remember to turn the humidifier to the proper setting and change air filters, as instructed by your furnace’s manufacturer. Poor indoor air quality not only promotes the spread of microbes, but also triggers other unruly health conditions. Dry, itchy skin generally indicates an arid environment. Turn up a humidifier to retain warmth generated by the furnace, heat pump, and other heating system. Once your home has a good balance of humidity and comfort, remember to make regular air filter replacements to remove dust mites, fine particles and other airborne contaminants...
Your home’s heating system offers a reservoir of warmth and energy efficiency. It’s all in how Creve Coeur homeowners utilize the home’s heating components to influence warmth. Hoffmann Brothers, a highly reputable heating contractor, reviews solutions to promote energy savings.   Renewable Energy Geothermal heat pumps garner as much as 70 percent a year in energy costs associated with heating and cooling a home. If energy costs continue to dwindle in Creve Coeur, a home conditioned by a geothermal heating and cooling system could pay next to nothing in annual expenditures. Heating system To yield the greatest energy efficiency from your home’s heating and cooling system; maintain an annual tune up schedule. A comfort system loses 5 percent of its energy efficiency for each year it foregoes a checkup. Not to mention, most furnaces start at AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) air below an 85 percent AFUE. Note: A monthly air...
Crestwood MO Heating Contractor Talks Safety Although most holiday celebrations are focused on food, family and the community, safety is an under-rated topic that shouldn’t be ignored. Missouri state fire marshal, Randy Cole reports that fires, caused by heating systems, are primarily responsible for the growing number of conflagrations over the winter months. Holiday decorations and cooking fires are among the other leading fire-related devastations, according National Fire Protection Association. Decorate smart. Set candles with care, out of reach from small children and far away from holiday decorations susceptible to fire. Because some candles are drippier than others, be sure to place a plate under the base to capture any hot wax. Decorating idea: How to prevent a candle wax trail. Instead of burning a whole large candle, let it burn until there's enough space to place a votive candle in the concave space. Place a quarter over the large candle's...
Every year, gas explosions morph American homes into flames. “Even though gas furnaces are engineered with several safety features, many of these conflagrations could be prevented with an annual preventative heater tune up,” states a heating contractor of St. Louis City (StL). A cracked heat exchanger is not the type of heating repair that’s obvious to the average StL City homeowner. This is the primary reason a yearly check up on the furnace can be lifesaving. Because the combustive nature of a cracked heat exchanger, St. Louis City residents should turn off any furnace with cracks running along the heat exchanger and schedule heating maintenance immediately,” forewarns a heating contractor licensed in St. Louis. For added protection and precautionary measures, place a carbon monoxide detector on every level of your St. Louis home,” advises Robert Hoffmann, founder of the Hoffmann Brothers heating contractor St. Louis. How the heat exchanger of...
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